Port of Tyne launches new hub in bid to attract renewable energy firms

A new green energy park has been launched by Port of Tyne in an attempt to create a hub for the region's rapidly growing renewable energy sector. Tyne Clean Energy Park has been officially launched by the port as a strategic base for renewable energy firms in the North East, offering them access to one of the only deep sea ports in the country. The move comes a few months after the Port was selected as the base for Equinor's flagship operations for what will become the world's largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank, which allowed it to clear additional land to make room for the Tyne Clean Energy Park, which will soon span 200 acres.

Businesses joining Equinor will have the opportunity to relocate aspects of their supply chain to the region, meaning a host of manufacturing and assembly operations could soon move to the region. Port of Tyne CEO Matt Beeton said: "With our access to offshore wind locations and deep water facilities, Tyne Clean Energy Park is definitely the most versatile on the East Coast. "We've created a unique, development-ready blank canvas for renewables businesses to expand their operations and in facilitating this, we can directly contribute towards achieving 60% UK content for each wind farm developed.

It's integral to securing the green recovery that our region and the whole country so desperately needs."

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Commercial director Simon Brett added: "There are three distinct supply chains relating to the offshore wind farm lifecycle involving component manufacture, construction services and operations. Each one of these requires different levels of investment, from plant and infrastructure to labour resourcing and all of it will be accommodated at the Tyne Clean Energy Park - it's an excellent opportunity for businesses looking to expand their activities." The River Tyne is already home to a large cluster or offshore firms, such as South Tyneside Marine College, A&P, Smulders Projects, Shepherd Offshore and TechnipFMC.

Port of Tyne is already working to change its commercial operations to become a low-carbon industrial hub and made a clear commitment to decarbonisation in its Tyne 2050 strategy. The plans include becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and "all electric" by 2040. Earlier this week a report was published which said that the North East's offshore wind supply chain could create 4,500 new jobs in the next five years to support the growing renewables industry.

The first Supply Chain Mapping survey saw 228 North East England companies take part to outline their plans for the next few years.

Meanwhile, the Port has also announced a GBP1m investment in its wood pellet-handling operations.

The investment sees state-of-the-art equipment installed and a range of measures put in place to help combat dust emissions from the dry wood pellets the Port brings into the UK.

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